The Visionary: David Witman

David Witman

David Witman has a clear, customer-centric vision for Nordstrom menswear. David Witman did not intend to spend his career at Nordstrom. He started out at a specialty store in San Francisco while in grad school, switching gears only because his wife Jayme (who worked for Banana Republic at the time) got transferred to Seattle. “It’s […]

Editor’s Letter: Saluting the Merchants

Karen Alberg Grossman

Vision and creativity, still the backbone of our industry. No issue of MR Magazine is more exciting for us than July. In it, we profile our Uptown/Downtown award winners, those merchants singled out by the menswear industry for their vision, creativity, tenacity, temerity. We love the risk-takers, those merchants who know the rules well enough […]

Schmoozing: St. Croix picnic dinner

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The Winona, Minnesota-based St. Croix knitwear company hosted a picnic dinner with retailers at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Bernhard Brenner last week. The images below are cropped thumbnails. Click on an image to expand. Roll over the image and click the arrows on the right to see the next image in the gallery.

Thomas Dean launches Thomas Dean Collegiate

ThomasDeanCollegiate

Thomas Dean is launching a licensed collection for NCAA schools: versatile sportswear that can be worn to a game, to the office, to a restaurant or party. Says Tom Bonomo, “We wanted the product to be wearable on many levels, to support the school in all phases of life, not just on the playing field. […]

Places: Syracuse, New York

Syracuse

Great schools, great stores! Syracuse, NY has lots of both. It was beyond exciting for me to return to my alma mater, Syracuse University, after many years. (No, I’m not telling the number but rest assured it’s big.) In addition to shopping some terrific men’s stores, I got to check out SU’s Whitman School of […]

Role Model: Amar’e Stoudemire

Dan Grossman and Amar'e Stoudemire

Amar’e Stoudemire is an appropriate hero to many. He’s known for his amazing basketball skills and for his great personal style (expect a men’s collection soon!), but NY Knicks captain Amar’e Stoudemire is a hero in ways more profound. In 2003, he founded a youth outreach program to inspire at-risk kids to achieve their goals. […]

Vendor view: Tailored clothing

Hugo Boss fall/winter 2011

Between fabric cost increases, higher minimums and delivery problems, this is not a fun time to be a clothing manufacturer. Total men’s tailored clothing in 2010, according to NPD research, was $3.4 billion, down from $3.7 billion in ’09 which was down from $4.1 billion in ’08. This represents an 8.7 percent decline in dollars […]

Catching Up with: Scott Norris

Scott Norris

Scott Norris started his career at Macy’s, joined Men’s Wearhouse in 1996 and was named EVP/GMM this year. Here, we speak with him about current business, marketing, and Men’s Wearhouse’s very unique clothing buyer, Jim Zimmer. How’s overall business? Business for the first quarter exceeded our expectations. Clothing is doing really well, as are dress […]

Jim Zimmer, Dress Up Man of the Year

Jim Zimmer, Men's Wearhouse

Breaking the mold: There’s never been, nor will there ever be again, a clothing buyer like Jim Zimmer of Men’s Wearhouse. Conventional wisdom has it that you never mix business and friendship. Jim Zimmer, Men’s Wearhouse’s highly respected tailored clothing buyer who’s been with the store for the past 35 years, has never been great […]

Editor’s Letter: Change is good

Karen Alberg Grossman and Jim Zimmer

More exciting product could justify some higher pricetags. There’s no question that times are tenuous for tailored clothing makers. Extreme cost increases on fabrics, delivery problems out of China (the Chinese now have their own huge market to produce for, plus they’d rather collect euros than dollars), newly high minimums, constantly changing prices and related […]